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PostSubject: Cardboard model of my workplace   Fri 10 Feb 2017, 11:40 pm

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in my Steam-cycle thread that I had been presented with the opportunity to build a cardboard model of the 'shop' where I work as part of a larger initiative to do the same with the rest of Granville Island.  This wound up becoming a short hiatus from my 'regular' hobby stuff due to the fact that it wasn't an 'official' work project so most of the work occurred during breaks and downtime.  There was also added difficulty from the weather (we've been having an unusually snowy and cold winter - in a place which is used to rain and temperate climes) with the resultant need to get out there and shovel.  Near the end, when I was feeling severe time pressure, I started going in to work early to get some extra time in and stressing over it but it got done ... at least enough that I don't feel I've let the side down.

Technical specifications for this project - rough scale is between 1/20 to 1/25, no one is quite sure of the exact scale, lol.  Building materials could include cardboard and paper - too much extra being frowned upon as it would be in the spirit of the theme.  I used a hot glue gun and two sided tape ... well, a lot of glue and little tiny bits of tape to be honest.  The blackening for the windows was my only 'cheat' as cutting them out would have taken too long so I used a Sharpie.  Overall length is about 56 - 58 inches and width of about 30 - 35 inches and height about 35 inches.  I say about a lot because even though I have some dimensions written down there was a lot of in-process adapting going on.


These first three are penultimate pics taken the day before completion just in case I didn't complete it for some reason.  At this point it is over 95% complete and sitting on top of a couple of re-finished tabletops which had been one of my tasks.  Working with varnish can create down time like nothing else, lol.  This first view is of the Maintenance Shop side itself.


The maintenance shop doesn't take up the whole of the building but since I was making the whole building I also wanted to represent the other businesses there.  Interestingly the other end of the building is taken up by Liberty Distillery, which is an actual working micro-distillery which produces spirits of many forms (though their whiskey had to wait a few years after they opened, of course).  The little sign sticking out of the corner was made from two drink coasters with the company logo, cut out, thinned and backed to each other with 2 sided tape.  The post is a bamboo skewer blackened with Sharpie.


The other side, with a blank spot because next door to us is the Arts Club workshop where they make the sets and props for their live theatre productions.  Also this shows the complete and utter lack of roof detail because stuff like that is irrelevant unless you actually go up there and our roof is very boring and messy (lots of seagulls and geese hang out there).


Completion pics begin with the same view for comparison but now there's the 2 compactors (one for landfill garbage and the other for paper/cardboard recycling) and an appropriately sized flag just like the real place.


Another view which also gives a better representation of the colour of the cardboard.


Close up of the compactors with appropriate loads in their hoppers - the bits of cardboard are cut offs and debris from the making of the model and the little garbage bags are made from cut up garbage bags.


And some more signage in place.  The Liberty Distillery sign isn't strictly accurate but this was the closest thing I could find and it came from a paper bag.  Next to it is the Hammered & Pickled Jewelry Design shop - and I'm not making this up, these stores exist, lol.


Finally some photos of the guts of the thing.  I did not put a bottom on this to make it easier to carry, being made from cardboard it is quite light.  You can see the copious amounts of glue here and there, lol.




The larger event this is going to placed in is taking place between February 16 and 19 - but I have next week off as it is milady's BDay (on Valentines Day no less) so the rush to get it done before I went on vacation was the main part of the time pressure.  I am contemplating going to the site near the end to see the whole thing and if so I will try to take photos and add some follow-up posts to this.

All in all a lot of fun.  And after all that cutting and hot gluing the only injury I received from this was one paper cut on my right thumb when I was folding the pieces I used for the flashing along the roof line - I call that a success.
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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 5:30 am

Re.ally nice work, Kats. That could fit a lot of model cars inside
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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 9:58 am

I call that a success. wrote:

A success indeed. Amazing work Kats which showcases your talents.

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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 11:44 am


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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 11:49 am

Kats....That is amazing...awesome looking build
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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 12:38 pm

Brilliant Kats, great project.
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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Sat 11 Feb 2017, 2:32 pm

Amazing !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Sun 19 Feb 2017, 11:11 pm

Thank you very much for your kind comments fellas  

An update as the event has occurred.  As with all such things there were complications and changes in plans and all that (which I only heard about having had the week off).  The vibe of the 'cardboard village' took on a different tone than originally expressed to me and became a showcase for kids and kids at heart having fun - far more appropriate for a community minded event.  Here's some photos of the result.















Here's my contribution with add-ons provided by some inspired architects-in-training, if only my real workplace were this interesting, lol.


The raw materials stash, post construction blitz.


Some last minute work.


And a shot of a mural in process which was begun at the start of the event, just because.


The part I've featured here took place in a parking garage which used to be the Canada Chain And Forge Co. back in the day.  A lot of fun and a chance to play with cardboard - very informative and inspiring.
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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 7:37 am

Looks great fun Kats. The cardboard town is brilliant!!
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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 10:46 am

Just what I was thinking Gary. Wonderful. Oh! to be a child again!!

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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 12:26 pm

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Just what I was thinking Gary. Wonderful. Oh! to be a child again!!


You got that right Skid. The joys of much care free fun days of childhood are priceless. Nice to be able to revisit them from time to time.
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PostSubject: Re: Cardboard model of my workplace   Mon 20 Feb 2017, 2:34 pm

Great stuff Kats! Your attention to detail is impressive, as usual. Your work of art really stands out. Love the Granville island community. Granville winter Ale was my fav beer, until Molsons got their hands on it a ruined it. Did you bringthe building home?

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